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Our Community: Unique and Thriving

 

The Wisconsin Dells / Lake Delton community is a tourist destination, with a storied history. Our area welcomes over 1.5 million visitors a year. We invite you to discover more about the Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton area!

 

 

Our Community: The Early Years

Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells was founded as Kilbourn City in 1857 by Byron Kilbourn. 1857 was the same year that famous photographer H.H. Bennett moved to Kilbourn City, and his passion for capturing the breath-taking beauty of the Dells with his camera quickly turned Kilbourn City into a popular tourist destination. H.H. Bennett took photographs of the Dells of the Wisconsin River and the surrounding region between 1865 and 1908. Bennett capitalized on his success, building the H.H. Bennett Studio in 1875 to sell his postcards and souvenir portraits to travelers. In 1931, Kilbourn City changed the name of the city to Wisconsin Dells, to make it more easier for tourists to identify with the natural formations that made it famous.

 

Lake Delton

Along with Wisconsin Dells, the Village of Lake Delton is a major resort area. It is home to many attractions, motels, hotels, restaurants, retail and other businesses.The lake itself is a man-made freshwater lake, originally formed in 1927 to attract tourists to the area following the economic recovery after the Great Depression. Lake Delton was originally named Norris for Edward Norris, the surveyor of the village. The village was incorporated in 1954.

 

 

Our Community: Today

 

Government

The City of Wisconsin Dells

The Village of Lake Delton

 

Education

School District of Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Parents Association (Homeschooling in Wisconsin)

 

Entertainment & Attractions

Wisconsin Dells Visitors and Convention Bureau (includes links to area business')

Wisconsin Dells Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Dells

 

Media

Wisconsin Dells Events

Mix 106.9 WNNO FM

Country Western AM 900

Fountain on Broadway

Photo Courtesy of

H.H. Bennett Studio, Wis. Historical Society

Our Location:

620 Elm Street Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

608-254-2146

Our Hours:

Monday through Thursday
9 am - 8 pm

Friday
9 am - 5 pm

Saturday
9 am - 2 pm

Sunday
Closed

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